8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2012 2:59 AM by hedgert
hedgert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have long used Aperture and was very happy with it, but Apple have broken it and don't seem to be doing anything about it.

Lion broke the  Screensaver - it now reports that there are now photos whatever selection from Aperture you make - I reported this to Apple as soon as Lion was released but despite it being an obvious bug and Aperture and Lion releases coming out, nothing has been done.

The latest Aperture release was even more problematic - it broke importing raw images from my Canon 7D - so now I can't put anything new into Aperture.


So I'm considering going back to iPhoto.

Has anyone one this?

I've put a lot of time into tags, faces and places classification on my collection (30,000+ photos) - can these attributes be exported to iPhoto?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Aperture 3.2
  • CalxOddity Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)

    What form has this broken import capability taken?  Can you import from other cameras, other cards?  More information please, as it's not clear that Aperture is broken.

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,515 points)

    Well I can't comment on your import issues, but the Screensaver is not broken in 10.7 on my machine.


    As for reverting:


    Unless you have an iPhoto Library that you've been updating then you've got a lot of work ahead of you


    iPhoto has no knowledge of, and knows nothing of how the Aperture Library works. It cannot read the Aperture library.



    1. Export all your Masters



    2. Export all your Versions



    You can write the metadata to the files on export - check out the Export presets. Note that you cannot export Faces. There is no convention for sharing Faces. The best you can do is use Faces as a basis for keywording.



    Import them into iPhoto. Note that there is no way to associate the masters with the versions in iPhoto, so you'll have apparent duplicates.

  • hedgert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When attempting to import raw from the Canon 7D it reports that some pictures are an supported format and asked where (outside Aperture) is like to put them. It will now only import jpg or movie files. I've previously imported 10s of thousands of raw (CR2) files.  There are other references on the web to raw import being broken, so I'm not the only one seeing the problem.

  • hedgert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Interesting, screensaver broke for me the moment I updated to Lion and hasn't worked since.

    I configure the screensaver (as it was pre Lion) to use either an album or a smart album - the screensaver config shows the list and hierarchy of albums, but having chosen one, on either test or when the screensaver kicks in I just get an error message about there being no pictures.

    Is your use of screensaver the same?

  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (135,515 points)

    As it happens mine is pointed at a Project rather than an Album, but I just tested with an Album and it worked ok.


    Try with a project.


    If you're using the Mosaic option you can get messgae "Looking for Pictures" as it build caches - the Saver does arrive, and you see less and less of thatr message as time goes by.






  • sauble Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Hedgert, do you have access to Aperture version 3.1.3 through Time Machine or any other backup device?  If so, why not try downgrading from version 3.2 rather than moving to iPhoto?  Lots of discussion in this forum about version 3.2 crashing when loading RAW files plus some information about how to go back to version 3.1.3 and restore your Aperture library.  I, myself, was a victim of the upgrade and have since followed the steps provided by others and successfully restored everything.  I did have a problem with the vault - housed in a partition of on an external HD - which was damaged beyond repair by Disk Utility; I solved that problem by erasing the partition dedicated to the vault and replacing all of the photos, albums etc.  Now everything is working well.  BYW, I am still on OS 10.6.8 - and will likely stay there with version 3.1.3 awhile until Apple finds a solution to the crashing problem.

  • hedgert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    An update to Aperture 3.2.1 has now been released and this has fixed the Canon 7D raw issue that I mentioned above - so obviously other users faced the same issue I found and Apple have acted.

    The bug with screen saver continues despite this update - which is disappointing - right from the first release of Lion.

  • hedgert Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Screen saver issue also fixed - so now Aperture is restored to working as it did over 6 months ago.